I’m not superwoman but I sure as heck try! For those days where I have no time and am always on-the-go, I like to prepare myself with some take-away snacks from home. Being a Mom and running my own business is hard work but that doesn’t mean I can’t eat smart snacks on the go. I have shared with you some of my favourites so that you can avoid eating junk food.
GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA BARS
There is nothing like homemade granola bars and if they are healthy as well, what a plus!
- 1 cup – quinoa, uncooked
- 1 cup – gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup – dried fruit of your choice (I used figs)
- 1 cup, chopped – almonds
- 1/4 tsp – salt
- 1/2 cup – peanut butter, all-natural
- 3/4 cup – honey
- 1 tbsp – canola oil
- 7 tsp packed – brown sugar
- Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a ceramic or glass 9X13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread oats and quinoa on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Return the mixture to a large bowl and add coconut, nuts and dried fruit.
In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, oil, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat. Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Pour into baking dish. Press mixture down into pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let it cool for up to 2 hours and then cut and serve.
FROGS ON A LOG
This is a great snack that takes no time at all. If you don’t like olives, you can switch it for your favourite pickles.
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tbsp – reduced fat cream cheese
- 5 pimiento stuffed green olives sliced in half
- Paprika to taste
Wash the celery stalks and chop the ends off.
Spread the cream cheese evenly onto the celery stalks.
Cut the olives into halves and top the celery stalks with olives. Dust lightly with paprika.
SPICED APPLE CHIPS
Spiced apple chips are such a yummy snack and are so easy to make. You can make them in advance and put them in a container to carry around with you when you are on the move. They’re great for kids’ lunchboxes too.
- 2 large apples
- Cinnamon to taste
Preheat the oven to 320 degrees. Core the apples and then cut the apples into thin slices.
Place the apples slices onto a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Dust the apple slices with cinnamon.
Cook the apple slices for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t forget to turn the slices over halfway through the cooking time. Keep the apple chips in the oven until they have turned a light golden color and the apples have dried out.
Let the apple chips cool up to 30 minutes before eating. Once they have cooled, place the apple chips in an airtight container.
With 4 servings, this is a really fun snack to make with your kids and it takes no time at all. You can double up the servings, change or add more fruits if you want! If you want to make this snack even more tasty, I recommend pouring honey onto the fruit kebabs for a healthy snack.
- 4 strawberries cut into halves
- 8 seedless green grapes
- 2 mandarin oranges peeled
- 2 kiwis peeled and sliced
Slice the 4 strawberries into halves. Cut the 2 kiwis into eighths, and then thread 4 pieces of fruit onto each skewer in the desired combination.